Wednesday, 3 July 2019

My Mother Had Me Tested

Good morning and happy Wednesday. I'm so happy to be sharing my first design team piece for Ink Art Designs. I love these Katzelkraft stamps, and they were inked up the day after I received them!
My son has very recently bought his first home with his girlfriend, and they are having great fun furnishing it. But.... they have shop bought coasters! I know, can you believe it lol. Anyway no-one should have shop bought coasters while B&Q have kitchen tiles on their shelves, so I've made him some.

 I started by painting some plain white kitchen tiles with DecoArt Americana multi-surface paints. I gave each one a couple of very thin coats then set aside to dry completely.

I love these paints, 'cos as you see, if you change your mind you can also change the colour. I did a bit of stencilling with more Americana paints and that was the background all done.

 Next I stamped the actual images on the tiles for placement. I knew that I didn't want to be cutting out pigs trotters and curly tails!

 As you can see I'm a fine artist - NOT.  I knew that I would be glazing my tiles so I stamped the images onto some thin card and coloured them with the same watered down acrylics. That way I knew that the colour would not budge under the glaze.

 Before I stuck down my animals I cut a self adhesive cork floor tile to a gnats digit smaller than my tiles. Now it's just a matter of sticking down the images and giving everything a coat of glaze.

And there we are, all done. I do love them and it will be hard to give them away - maybe I could just give them one each...
The fun sentiments are by Rubber Dance and of course you can find them in the shop.
As always the challenge at Ink Art Designs is 'anything goes' as long as you use a brand (or brands) of stamps that Dot sells in the store.
I'm entering my coasters into the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, which is 'make your own background',  the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 'anything goes' challenge, and Time Out challenges 'be funny'.
Have a very happy July, and thanks very much for looking x


  1. haha ... these tiles are so much fun Sue! You can always make another set? I laughed when I read 'gnats digit' - so funny.
    Dot x
    Ink Art Designs

  2. These are wonderful. If I had coasters like this I would even use them instead of making rings on my furniture! Hugs, Valerie

  3. Wonderful, Sue - very bright and certainly cheerful ;-) I love these animals, too and had to pop over after reading your lovely comment...thank you. I think I beat you, though - mine were inked the day they arrived and were very swiftly mounted on EZ Mount. I'd lusted after them for months and was so chuffed to finally have them. In fact, I have way too many Katzelcraft stamps - I love so many of them :-) Great to see another use of them. My card is on the way to my 6 year old Grandaughter with a big ? instead of my name. She'll know it's from me. On her birthday, she opened her card, saw the animals and said 'I know this is from Nanny because it's a silly, funny card!' I think she knows me too well... Look forward to seeing more inspiration with them.
    Cath x

  4. Love your coasters they are so quirky.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

  5. I luv these - what a great idea !!!

  6. Stunning and beautiful creations with the tiles Sue, clever lady, love the colours and gorgeous stamps..xx

  7. I have to keep scrolling up and down to see these delightful creations, the images are wonderful and the sentiments are just hilarious - love them!! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. What fun coasters, Sue ... those Katzelkraft images are a riot ... and you've perfectly paired the sentiments with the critters! Who could fail to smile when finding these guys under their cup or glass! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Anita :)

  9. They are absolutely wonderful, and so much fun, Sue,- and the sentiments oh my- your son will love the new coasters you made him. - xoxo Dorthe

  10. Haha, fabulous idea and gift to your son Sue!!!!!!!
    LOVE this. I MUST do the same for myself of my son or daughters or young (or NOT) students in my association Lol!
    Thanks, I wish you a lovely Summer with fun xxx

  11. fun backgrounds, thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, hugs kath xxx

  12. These are fabulous Sue, I think i'd be thinking twice about giving them away too but a wonderful way of personalising and reinventing those bland tiles. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to go round for a cuppa more hee hee!! Good luck to your Son & his girlfriend in their new home.
    So lovely to see you on the DT Sue, look forward to seeing what you bring to us all as you always put a smile on my face.
    Big HUgs Tracey xx

  13. That's so exciting for your son and girlfriend, I wish them every happiness in their new home.

    I love your quirky coasters :)

    All the best Jan

  14. These are just fantastic - what a fun way to protect your surfaces! Love the vibrant colours and those crazy critters, brilliantly coloured. You've given me a new phrase to play with too... "a gnat's digit" - I love it!
    Alison x

  15. These are wonderful.

    All the best Jan


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